Creamy Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup is a comfort food classic, so this creamy chicken soup is one of my Mom’s recipes that I just had to learn. Filled with chicken, celery, carrots, broth, garlic, and plenty of seasonings, the flavor is unbeatable. And thanks to heavy cream and white wine, every spoonful has the creamiest, silkiest texture. This is truly the best chicken soup recipe ever, one that our family can’t get enough of, and I hope your family loves it too!

overhead view of creamy chicken soup in a bowl, slices of carrots, shredded chicken, and seasonings are visible on the surface, a soup spoon lays at the left-side of the bowl

What’s in this Creamy Chicken Soup Recipe?

Making chicken soup from scratch is easier than you think! Chicken, broth, veggies, and the right ingredients to season and create a creamy texture make up the bulk of this homemade recipe.

  • Chicken Broth: This savory and flavorful liquid forms the base of the soup. I always go for a low-sodium broth.
  • Veggies: Carrots and celery add texture and healthy nutrients to the soup.
  • Onion: Diced onion adds savoriness.
  • Garlic: This powerful aromatic is a must for a tasty soup.
  • White Wine: Use a dry or semi-dry white wine to fill out the liquid base.
  • Half and Half: This adds that beautiful creaminess to this chicken soup recipe.
  • Chicken Base Granules: Also called chicken bouillon granules, this powdered seasoning mix adds a kick of flavor.
  • Roux: Butter, oil, flour, and chicken stock make a roux that helps to thicken the soup base and create the right consistency.
  • Chicken: Use cooked chicken–shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken both work great.
  • Seasonings: Black pepper, parsley, bay leaves, and herbs de provence finish off the flavoring.
  • Butter & Oil: These fats are used to saute the veggies and cook the aromatics.

Pro Tip: To add even more flavor, add ½ teaspoon turmeric, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, and ½ teaspoon paprika.

Can I add potatoes to this chicken soup recipe?

Potatoes make a great addition to this creamy chicken soup. Bake or steam a couple of Yukon Gold potatoes until tender, chop them into 1” cubes, and add them to the soup right before serving!

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What is a roux?

A roux is a simple mixture that combines equal parts flour and fat (like butter or oil) and is briefly cooked. This mixture is used to thicken liquids, like soups or sauces.

What’s the best kind of chicken to use in chicken soup?

Use chicken that has already been fully cooked. A rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken, shredded chicken, or cubed chicken all work fine in this recipe. If you are cooking something fresh for this recipe, try this pan-seared chicken breast.

How do you thicken chicken soup?

We use a roux to thicken the soup base. If the soup doesn’t thicken to your liking, add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to ¼ cup cold milk/cream, stir, then add it to the soup. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes, stir often. Reduce heat to LOW and simmer until it reaches your desired thickness.

How do you make chicken soup creamy?

Half and half is my secret ingredient to make the creamiest chicken soup recipe.

How long do you cook chicken soup on the stove?

Let the soup simmer anywhere from 45-60 minutes, until it reaches your desired thickness and consistency.

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How to Store and Reheat

Let homemade chicken soup cool to room temperature before storing. Pour it into an airtight container, and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat on the stovetop, simmering and stirring until fully heated through.

How to Freeze Chicken Soup

This creamy chicken soup recipe actually freezes really well, so add it to your list of freezer meals! After it has cooled, pour it into an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze up to 3 months. You can also pour portions into resealable bags and freeze flat on a tray.

Thaw it in the fridge overnight before reheating.

If you added potatoes to your chicken soup, I don’t recommend freezing it.

Serving Suggestions

The creamy texture of this easy chicken soup recipe makes it perfect for pairing with breads to help scoop or soak up the broth. Serve it with skillet bread, rosemary focaccia, cheddar bay biscuits, or homemade naan.

If you didn’t add potatoes into your soup, try serving warm bowls of this recipe with classic baked potatoes, roasted potatoes, or Air Fryer potatoes.

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Creamy Chicken Soup Recipe

This homemade chicken soup recipe is super creamy and filled with flavor. It's the most comforting bowl of soup you'll ever eat!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 444kcal
Author Susie Gall


For the Roux:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced-salt chicken stock

For the Soup:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 6 carrots peeled and cut into 1/8” slices
  • 2 celery stalks cut into 1/8” slices
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 cups reduced-salt chicken broth
  • ¼ cup dry or semi-dry white wine
  • cups half and half
  • 2 tablespoons chicken base granules
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley minced
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric optional
  • ½ teaspoon paprika optional
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 5 cups cooked chicken cubed or shredded – rotisserie chicken works well (see note)

Optional Garnishes

  • Shredded Gruyere cheese and chopped parsley


For the Roux:

  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan then sprinkle the flour on top. Whisk quickly until well combined. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the roux turns light golden brown. Slowly, while whisking, add 1-cup chicken stock to the roux and whisk vigorously until smooth. Remove the roux from the heat and set it aside while combining other ingredients.
    2 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 cup reduced-salt chicken stock

For the Soup:

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil over Med-High heat. Add the carrots and celery, sauté 5 minutes; stir occasionally. Add the diced onions and cook 3 additional minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook 30 seconds – just long enough for the garlic to bloom.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons oil, 6 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 1 medium yellow onion, 1 garlic clove
  • Slowly add 1 cup of broth while scraping the bottom of the pot to deglaze the pan. Add the rest of the broth and the wine, the roux and stir well. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir often..
    3 cups reduced-salt chicken broth, ¼ cup dry or semi-dry white wine
  • Reduce the heat to low and add all other ingredients except the garnishes.
    3½ cups half and half, 2 tablespoons chicken base granules, ½ teaspoon black pepper, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, 3 dried bay leaves, 1½ teaspoon Herbs de Provence, 5 cups cooked chicken
  • Simmer 15 minutes then taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. This is the time to add salt or pepper, if desired. Continue to simmer the soup until it thickens, about 30-45 minutes more, or to the desired consistency.
  • Discard the bay leaves.
  • Garnish with sprinklings of shredded Gruyere and fresh parsley.
    Shredded Gruyere cheese and chopped parsley
  • Serve with crusty bread.



  • Creamy Chicken Soup is delicious served over baked potatoes.
  • A variation: Potatoes are delicious added to this soup. I like to bake or steam a couple of Yukon Gold potatoes until tender, chop them into 1” cubes and add to the soup right before serving.
  • If the soup doesn’t thicken to your liking, add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to ¼ cup cold milk/cream, stir and add it to the soup. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes, stir often. Reduce heat to LOW and simmer until desired thickness.
  • Creamy Chicken Soup freezes well. It will keep up to 3 months. Be sure no potatoes are added before freezing.
  • We love to use shredded rotisserie chicken in this soup. It makes things quick and easy. Do not use smoked rotisserie chicken because it will change the overall taste significantly.


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 8408IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 2mg

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